Just how good is Kendall Marshall, and did the Wizards make a mistake in not finding a way to retain the point guard when they orchestrated a trade with the Phoenix Suns for Marcin Gortat?

The answer is about to be unveiled. Marshall, who was released along with Shannon Brown and Malcolm Lee, signed a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday. The Lakers are in dire need of help with injuries to guards Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Jordan Farmar and Steve Blake.

The Wizards wanted another center because Emeka Okafor had a disk injury in his neck and was out indefinitely. Okafor still hasn't played this season. Gortat is in the final year of his deal and the Suns opted to rebuild. Marshall and the others were throw-ins by Phoenix to make the salaries match with Okafor, who is due just less than $15 million for this season. The Wizards were already at the maximum 15 players with Gortat.